The Ohio State University recently announced that Messer will lead the project team that will finalize the design and move forward with construction for the renovation of the North Residential District.
After issuing a Request for Qualifications in early December, the university engaged in a competitive review process with each qualified firm to generate additional ideas on how to deliver the project. Additional savings could be identified based on the final design, which will be determined as part of the contract process with Messer, but the university estimates that this review process has already resulted in a savings of $26 million, bringing the new project budget to $370 million.
“The time and effort we put into this review process allowed us to work with industry experts to identify efficiencies in construction techniques and scheduling that will not only save a significant amount of money, but will also allow us to deliver facilities that will enhance the student experience, including the new Second-year Transformational Experience Program,” said Jay Kasey, senior vice president for Administration and Planning at Ohio State. “We are dedicated to keeping costs affordable for students while delivering an exceptional product.”
Once contracts are finalized, Ohio State will work with Messer to further design and implement construction. It is anticipated that infrastructure and small, enabling project work will begin this summer. The project will be complete for use Fall Semester 2016.
In total, about 3,200 new bed spaces would be added to the North Residential Area. The project will also include new dining facilities, recreation facilities and other support facilities that will directly support the university’s ground-breaking Second-year Transformational Experience Program.
“At the core of the STEP initiative is student engagement and student success. This project will enhance and expand our ability to provide an extraordinary student experience at Ohio State,” said Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston, Ohio State’s vice president for Student Life.
Led by Messer, the construction team also includes: Miles-McClellan Construction, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Brailsford & Dunlavey, HKS Inc., Schooley Caldwell Associates, KZF Design Inc., Heapy Engineering, Shelley Metz Baumann Hawk, Korda Nemeth Engineering, and MKSK.
"Messer is thrilled to be selected as The Ohio State University’s Design Builder for the North Residential District Transformation. We look forward to helping OSU realize President Gee's vision by the implementation of this portion of the One Framework Plan," said Rob Verst, vice president and Columbus general manager. "Messer is an experienced higher education builder, and together with our partners we have collectively planned and delivered more than 150,000 university beds. Our team’s strategic design and construction approach will support Ohio State in realizing its Second-year Transformational Experience Program while making the North Residential District a great place for students to live and learn.”
The criteria design team that brought the project to this point included Sasaki Associates, Inc., Elkus Manfredi Architects, OLIN, and Acock Associates Architects.